CHILDERSBURG – Lots of food, desserts and treats were spread around the kitchen at the Fire Department on Thursday at lunch for police officers, firefighters and first responders.

The food was for a luncheon the Women’s Missionary Union of four churches in the area put together to show their support to the men and women who serve Childersburg.

The women represented First Baptist Church, Bon Air Baptist, Mountainview Baptist and Trinity Baptist in Childersburg.

Marian Aldridge leads the WMU.

“We wanted to show our appreciation of our police, firemen and first responders,” Aldridge said.

Aldridge said City Councilman Michael McLain made all the arrangements for the appreciation lunch that was held at the fire station.

Ann Casaday said Bon Air Baptist collected snack items for the departments to have at later times. There were six baskets of these snacks.

Fire Chief Jimmy Daniel and police Chief Richard McClelland thanked the women for doing what they did for the departments. They echoed their appreciation for what the four churches did to honor the first responders.

Mayor Ken Wesson said what the women did as “awesome.”

The Rev. Skip Parvin of First Baptist Church of Childersburg offered his gratitude for the effort.

Aldridge said the ladies are involved in a mission project each month, and the luncheon was one of those projects. A few of the others projects are:

  • Collecting items for a ministry in Wetumpka taking care of children of incarcerated women at Julia Tutwiler Prison;

  • Assisting First United Methodist Church with a food pantry  with canned goods;

  • Collecting nursing supplies for the city’s two elementary schools;

  • Filling backpacks for children in the Mississippi Delta; and

  • Filling shoe boxes for Christmas for the Samaritan Purse ministry.

The four women serving the lunch were Aldridge, Judy Shaw, Debbie Pearson and Ray Green.